LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge was attacked Wednesday by a defendant in a felony assault case who jumped onto a defense table and judge’s bench, landing on top of her and sparking a bloody fight involving officials judges and lawyers, officials and witnesses said.
In a violent scene captured on courtroom video, Clark County District Judge Mary Kay Holthus fell back from her seat against a wall and suffered some injuries, but was not hospitalized, court officials said. .
A court marshal was also injured when he came to the judge’s aid and was hospitalized for treatment for a bleeding cut on his forehead and a dislocated shoulder, according to officials and witnesses.
The attack occurred around 11 a.m. at the Las Vegas Regional Justice Center.
The defendant, Deobra Delone Redden, 30, was tackled to the ground behind the judge’s bench by several court and jail officials and courtroom staff members, including some seen throwing punches.
He was arrested and booked into the Clark County Detention Center, where records show he faces multiple new felony charges, including assault on a protected person, referring to the judge and court officials.
“It happened so quickly that it was hard to know what to do,” said Richard Scow, the county’s chief district attorney who prosecuted Redden in a case that stemmed from an arrest last year on allegations that Redden attacked a person with a bat. of baseball.
Redden’s defense attorney, Caesar Almase, did not respond to subsequent phone messages and emails seeking comment.
Redden was not in custody when he arrived in court Wednesday. He wore a white shirt and dark pants as he stood next to Almase, asking the judge for leniency as he described himself as “a person who never stops trying to do the right thing, no matter how difficult it is.”
“I’m not a rebellious person,” he told the judge, later adding that he doesn’t think he should be sent to prison. “But if it’s appropriate for you, then you have to do what you have to do.”
When the judge made it clear that he intended to put him behind bars, and the court marshal moved to handcuff him, Redden shouted profanities and charged forward, amid shouts from people who had been sitting with Redden at the hearing. from the courtroom.
Records showed Redden, a Las Vegas resident, was evaluated and found mentally competent to stand trial before pleading guilty in November to a reduced charge of attempted assault causing substantial bodily harm. He previously served prison time in Nevada for a domestic battery conviction, state records show.
Holthus, a career prosecutor with more than 27 years of court experience, was elected to the state bench in 2018 and again in 2022.
In a statement, court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price said officials were “reviewing all of our protocols and will do whatever is necessary to protect the judiciary, the public and our employees.”